Kolkata: The Eden Gardens pitch controversy won’t end anytime soon with BCCI president N Srinivasan making his disappointment known to CAB head Jagmohan Dalmiya at the strip prepared.
Apart from meeting Dalmiya, the poor form of the Indian team led Srinivasan to request the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) to organise an immediate meeting between the BCCI chief and national selectors Sandeep Patil and Roger Binny. If that wasn’t all, he also met the Indian team and spoke about their woeful performance.
Speaking to MAIL TODAY, a senior CAB official said: “Srinivasan isn’t happy with the nature of wicket and he told the CAB president that although the wicket is perfect for ODI matches, it didn’t give the home team the advantage as has been the team’s demand going into the Test match."
- Dhoni not pleased after pitch inspection
- Dalmiya pitches in to settle issue
- Eden pitch likely to assist spinners
- BCCI sends new curator to oversee Eden pitch
“He had initially come to just be a part of the spectacle to meet Giles Clarke and discuss cricketing relations between the two countries. But seeing the woeful state of the Indian team, he decided on Thursday itself that he wanted to talk to the selectors and that the CAB should organise a meeting. He is livid with the way the Indian team has performed so far.”
Apart from meeting the selectors and Dalmiya, he also had a word with the players regarding their poor performance as the BCCI boss confessed.
But he didn’t want to give any further details as to what was the subject of the conversation and when exactly he spoke to them. “Yes, I did speak to the team,” Srinivasan said.
Speaking about the wicket, Srinivasan said: “Although I am not a technical person, it does look like a good wicket and the Test match has been interesting so far. In regards to our position, India’s task is cut out.”
As far as his meeting with Clarke was concerned, the CAB official said it wasn’t anything serious. “They discussed how the teams should play more often and that it was turning out to be an interesting series and how the India-England rivalry was getting really intense,” he said.